Red Lines and Chlorine Weapon Use in Syria

Professor Lesley Wexler Writes on Chlorine Gas Attacks in Syria

During World War I, use of chlorine gas a weapon violated prohibitions of the 1899 and 1907 Hague Conventions on use of poison weapons. Use of chlorine gas as a …

Seeking Student Associates for Internship Opportunity


The Project on Managing the Atom (MTA) at the Harvard Kennedy School seeks Student Associates for the Summer of 2018. These internships provide opportunities for undergraduate or graduate students to meet experts in nuclear policy, attend lectures and seminars,

The Global Middle East

This workshop aims to probe what globalization really means in today’s Middle East, and how it is reflected in movements, peoples, cultures, art forms, and networks. The aim is to show how groups, ideas, and practices that originated in the …

The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II

In honor of two U of I alumnae, ACDIS will host a public symposium on the 80th Anniversary of World-War-II’s Nanjing Massacre. Missionary and humanitarian Minnie Vautrin (Illinois class of 1912) rescued over 10,000 Chinese women from rape during the …

Shifting Iran-US Relations

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On September 29, 2017 ACDIS and the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (CSAMES) hosted the symposium, “Shifting Iran-US Relations: Return to Status Quo Ante or New Alignments

In the News: North Korea and the Doomsday Clock

The Doomsday Clock has been updated with just two minutes to midnight. A nuclear war seems to be right around the corner as the DPRK’s leader and President Trump increase international tensions. However, the times may not be as unpredictable …